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Proud of Bucs so far

| Thursday, July 4, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Proud of Bucs so far

Growing up as a Pirates fan, you learn to appreciate baseball for the simple things: heading Downtown on the T for a game on a warm summer night at incredible PNC Park, a hot dog, Iron City, relaxing with family/friends, enjoying the skyline/fireworks/bobbleheads and, win or lose, walking across the Roberto Clemente Bridge, singing “Here We Go, Steelers” with the “saxophone guy.”

In my lifetime, there really has never been a “meaningful” game where the outcome mattered, and the last time the team was above .500 was 20-plus years ago, when I was 7 and a scrawny, non-steroid Barry Bonds was a Pirate. Yet for some reason, it didn't really matter and nothing beat going to Buccos games all summer long.

Lately, the Pirates have had the best record in the majors. I've been conditioned over the last 20 years to not drink the Buccos Kool-Aid and I am not naïve enough to start thinking about the “p-word” (“playoffs”), let alone an elusive over-.500 season. In fact, I refuse to believe until we have 82 wins and the end of the losing streak is in the books.

Who knows what the rest of the season may bring? So it deserves to be said now: With one of the lowest payrolls in baseball and having led the majors near the halfway mark of the season, “Raise the Jolly Roger.” I'm proud.

Let's go, Bucs!

Ryan Magee

Mt. Lebanon

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